CT DEEP Training/Certificate Courses


CT DEEP Aquifer Protection Area Program Technical Training

Who should take this course: municipal aquifer protection agency members & staff, anyone interested in learning about Connecticut’s Aquifer Protection Area Program

Format: Online, at your own pace, 13 modules with text, videos, interactive activities, and practice quizzes

Estimated time to complete: 8 hours (course must be completed within 60 days)

Cost: Free

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CT DEEP Municipal Inland Wetlands Agency Comprehensive Training Program

Who should take this course: municipal inland wetlands agency members & staff, anyone interested in learning about Connecticut’s Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Act (IWWA), the municipal inland wetlands agency permitting process, and the functions and values of inland wetland and watercourse resources

Format: Online, at your own pace, 8 modules with text and video content, interactive activities, and module assessments

Estimated time to complete: 8 hours (course must be completed within 60 days)

Completion reward: Certificate of Achievement issued by CT DEEP

Cost: Free

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CT DEEP Hazardous Waste Management Training Course

Who should take this coursehazardous waste handlers, managers and supervisors responsible for knowing and complying with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)

Format: Online, at your own pace, 16 modules with text content, interactive activities, practice quizzes, and a final review assessment.

Estimated time to complete: 8 hours (course must be completed within 60 days)

Cost: Free

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CT DEEP Pollution Prevention 21st Century Resilient Business: How Managing Chemicals Can Help You Weather the Storm Training

Who should take this course: business owners, service providers, and retail stores in flood prone areas and that use or sell chemicals

Format: Online, at your own pace, 1 module

Estimated time to complete: 20 minutes

Cost: Free

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UConn CLEAR Training Courses


CLEAR Webinars

Who should take this course: anyone involved with or interested in local land use planning, stormwater management, geospatial technology, natural resource protection, food systems, water quality, green infrastructure, or climate resilience.

Format: Scheduled online seminars & recordings

Estimated time to complete:30 mins to 1 hour

Cost: Free

Description: CLEAR's webinar series focused on variety of topics related to local land use decisions and protection of natural resources. We highlight tools, research, and innovative approaches related to land use planning, geospatial technology, stormwater management, water quality protection, climate resiliency, sustainable food systems, and other topics.

For questions regarding webinar content, please email

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Green Stormwater Infrastructure – Rain Garden Design, Installation, and Maintenance Course

Who should take this course: landscapers, contractors, public works directors & staff, others interested in rain garden design, installation and maintenance

Format: Online, at your own pace. 7 modules with module quizzes and final course exam. 80% or higher on final exam will earn a course completion certificate.

Estimated time to complete: 4-6 hours

Cost: $150

Description: This course designed to provide guidance on how to properly site, size, install, and maintain rain gardens. Rain gardens are one type of “green” stormwater infrastructure, which is an alternative to traditional “grey” stormwater infrastructure such as catch basins and pipes. Rain gardens help to reduce the impacts of our developed areas on downstream water bodies. There are 7 modules to be viewed at your own pace, with practice quizzes on the material for each module.

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CLEAR Land Use Academy

The Land Use Academy provides practical education for local land use decision makers in Connecticut. Our program focuses on the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to serve effectively on a local land use commission.The Academy is a partnership of UConn CLEAR, the CT Bar Association, and the CT Office of Policy and Management, and has been around (in various forms under various pseudonyms) for over 30 years.

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New Farms and Farmers Training

New Farms and Farmers Training is geared towards farmers who have been farming for ten years or less. The Solid Ground program provides resources, e-learning tools, and in person training opportunities to farmers throughout the state. Funded by the USDA, it enables the program to partner with multiple agencies and organizations across the state to provide these resources, which help our farmers grow, and also creates a sense of community.

Farmer Training

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Adapt CT

Through Adapt CT, several online video modules pertaining to climate change in Connecticut have been developed. The purpose of these short online video modules is to provide current information and resources on subjects related to climate resilience for both coastal and inland communities in Connecticut for local decision makers, municipal officials and other interested groups.

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CLEAR Geospatial Training

The Geospatial Training Program offers training opportunities for Connecticut’s land use decision makers and others, including state agency employees, land trust volunteers, teachers and citizens. Topics include Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Smartphone GPS mapping and other advanced topics. GTP has trained over 3000 individuals since 2007.